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You're Gonna Trash Your Halloween Costume, So Here's How To Clean It

On this episode of the official Ask a Clean Person podcast, The Hairpin’s Haley Mlotek joined me to talk all about the very best day of the year: Halloween! The Hairpin has a storied history of going in big for Halloween, and so it was such a joy to have Haley join me in the studio to talk about cleaning costumes that get a little banged up along the way.

We kicked off the episode by helping to save a homemade A League of Their Own costume that ran in the wash. We also talked about how to clean lederhosen that took a beer bath during Oktoberfest, and wrapped things up with a discussion on how to care for a feather boa.


Before we answered those questions, though, Haley had a question for me about getting stains out of a sweater that was the victim of a nosebleed. To learn what to do about that, you should give the episode a listen! That’s a thing you can do here or over at iTunes, where you can also subscribe.

Do you have something you’d like to hear discussed on Ask a Clean Person: The Podcast? Email me at with the subject line CLEANCAST. Do you like what you heard? Please consider leaving a rating in the iTunes store when you head over there to subscribe!

Jolie Kerr is Deadspin’s resident cleaning expert and the author of the book My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag … And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha (Plume). Follow her on Twitter, or contact her via email at


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